ROMA LOCUTA CAUSA FINITA: Take Care Of The Environment

RETRANSMISSION OF OSS102 TO PROVIDE DIFFERENT CROP - In this photo provided by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, Pope Francis is placed a lamb around his neck as he visits a living nativity scene staged at the St. Alfonso Maria de' Liguori parish church, in the outskirts of Rome, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. The Epiphany day, is a joyous day for Catholics in which they recall the journey of the Three Kings, or Magi, to pay homage to Baby Jesus. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, ho)


The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has issued his third encyclical “Laudato Si’ Mi Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord.” on “Care for Our Common Home.”

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And the Catholic Philly news-site quoted the SACBC as follows:

The encyclical will help to bring Africans “to a new understanding of how to deal with environmental issues of great concern to us, such as energy,” Father S’milo Mngadi, communications officer for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said in a June 18 telephone interview from Pretoria.

With the pope’s emphasis on taking responsibility for the environment’s well-being, South Africans will be challenged to do their part in conserving energy, Father Mngadi said.

South Africa’s “electricity crisis cannot be solved simply through price hikes,” he said, noting that “we need to move away from coal and find other sources of energy that are renewable.”

South Africa’s power utility is unable to meet electricity demand and there are scheduled rolling blackouts throughout the country.

The encyclical, which will be translated into local languages and distributed to parishes in South Africa, Swaziland and Botswana, “will serve to close the gap between spirituality and environmental responsibility,” Father Mngadi said.

“In South Africa, the focus on spirituality tends make people aloof from day-to-day life,” he said.

“The pope reminds us that we are grounded here on earth,” he said.

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